Bharat Dube earned a Juris Doctor degree from Duke Law School in 1986 and is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic, and Harvard University (A.B. magna cum laude, '83).
Bharat was a key member of the litigation and enforcement team of Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods conglomerate, between 1990 and 2010 and headed Richemont’s global IP litigation team for several years. At Richemont, he was particularly responsible for the Group’s two principal brands, Cartier and Montblanc. Prior to joining Richemont, Bharat worked with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva.
He has lectured extensively at IP symposia around the world, including events sponsored by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, the International Trademark Association, ACACAP, WIPO and various bar associations and universities. He is an honorary adjunct professor at the O.P. Jindal Law School in India.
Bharat Kapoor has over 16 years of work experience where he had taken on a wide range of operating roles ranging from strategy development, business development and marketing.
Prior to SIPI, Bharat was an Associate Director with EY India (erstwhile Ernst & Young) where he worked in the Technology and Media group with a focus on Media. At EY, Bharat led the business development and advisory services program for companies operating in the media, e-commerce and advertising sectors. Throughout his career, Bharat has followed the digital and e-commerce industry closely and has advised startups in various capacities.
Before joining EY, Bharat worked with Star TV, a subsidiary of News Corp, where he was responsible for the marketing and sales of several niche channels. Bharat has a Bachelor of Business (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Harrison is Vice President of Business Development, North America for Strategic IP Information Pte. Ltd. Prior to this, he was In-House Counsel and Vice President for Sports 1 Marketing, a Warren Moon company. Starting in 1995 and for seventeen years thereafter, he was CEO of a company he founded in an industry he created, Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery, which was Vermont’s first commercial vineyard and grape winery. In that capacity, Harrison lectured at a multitude of colleges and universities, taught a course at the University of Vermont and was featured in numerous articles and pieces ranging from the New York Times to Smithsonian Magazine to Weekend Edition on National Public Radio. Twice, he traveled to Macedonia as an agricultural and wine consultant on behalf of the State of Vermont as well as the State Department. Finally, prior to starting Snow Farm, he was an Assistant Attorney General with the state of Vermont.
On the creative front, among other projects, Harrison co-authored the top ten national best seller in the U.S.A, Connected To Goodness; was a contributing writer for an Emmy award-winning series (Venturing: The Entrepreneurial Experience); wrote the pilot for a new television procedural drama entitled Serving Justice for an Executive Vice President at CBS; wrote the screenplays Le Boucher, optioned by Rona Edward Productions and Hemisphere Productions and In Touch With The Wow And The Now and The Last Resistance Fighters, both with New World Distribution, Executive Producers; wrote the book, lyrics and co-composed the music for the musical comedy Special Deliveries which was produced in NYC and Vermont; and developed, wrote, hosted and filmed the pilot for It's 4:59 Somewhere for the start-up New England Food and Travel Network. He has been a guest writer/speaker at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Harrison received his B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and his J.D. from The University of Baltimore School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Maryland (active), New York (inactive), and Vermont (inactive).
Castor Gonzalez-Escobar is Director for Latin America of Strategic IP Information Pte. Ltd. (SIPI) and partner of the Law Firm GR LEX AMERICAS, an IP Boutique located in Caracas, Venezuela, with a liaison office located in New York.Mr. Gonzalez-Escobar has extensive experience dealing with anti-counterfeiting operations in Venezuela and in general in Latin America, covering the control of the whole process of enforcement campaigns, including investigations, execution of raids, seizures, border measures, and prosecution, designing and executing successful campaigns on behalf of international well known luxury brands, achieving significant positive results.
Mr. Gonzalez-Escobar studied at the Santa Maria University School of Law where he earned a J.D. and he was awarded a specialization in Intellectual Property Law from Los Andes University and a LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. He also has been Professor of Copyright Law at the Andres Bello Catholic University (Caracas), and Invited Professor of Intellectual Property at the Superior School of the Venezuelan National Guard. In addition, he has written various articles and law reports concerning Intellectual Property and has participated as speaker and lecturer at many local and international conferences in this field.
Active member of many of the most prestigious Intellectual Property associations, such as the International Trademark Association (INTA) where he was Member of the Anti-counterfeiting and Enforcement Sub-Committee for Latin American and the Caribbean and currently serves as Member of the Free Trade Areas Subcommittee; Inter American Industrial Property Association (ASIPI) where he served as Secretary of the Anti-Piracy Committee and is the current president of the Fashion Law Committee; Venezuelan Industrial Property Agents Association (COVAPI); and the Miranda Bar Association (Venezuela).
Castor Gonzalez-Escobar speaks Spanish and is fluent in English.
Richard Gronback is a software engineer specializing in Eclipse modeling technologies, generative programming, and cloud-based application platforms. Formerly, Richard was Chief Scientist for modeling products at Borland Software .. Corporation where he managed both open .. source and commercial product development Richard represented Borland on the Eclipse Board of Directors, Planning and Architecture Councils, co-founded the top-level Eclipse Modeling Project. Richard is author of the book, “Eclipse Modeling Project, a Domain-Specific Language Toolkit.” Prior to Borland, Richard worked at TogetherSoft, Ariba, and Andersen Consulting. Richard holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering degree from the University of Connecticut. He was a reactor operator in the U.S. Navy before entering his career in software.